Oklahoma football: Offensive lineman Nila Kasitati done for season

Kasitati, who was expected to be one of the Sooners' top backups, suffered a torn ACL against Texas Tech.
by Jason Kersey and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 8, 2012

NORMAN — Oklahoma athletics confirmed after Monday's practice that offensive guard Nila Kasitati is out with a torn ACL.

Kasitati was playing in Saturday's game against Texas Tech when, in the second half, he had to be helped off the field. He sat on the sideline with a bag of ice on his right knee. After the game, Kasitati exited on crutches.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops announced at noon Monday that he believed Kasitati had torn his ACL but had not received the MRI. Once the MRI came back, the media was informed Monday evening.

Kasitati has already taken a redshirt year. He was expected to be one of Oklahoma's top backups after injuries came to Ben Habern and Tyler Evans, both starting lineman. (Evans suffered a torn ACL during preseason practice). Kasitati had missed a few days of practice in the preseason due to cardiac surgery that corrected a heart arrhythmia.

STILLS SHINES IN COTTON BOWL

Some of junior receiver Kenny Stills' best games as a Sooner have come inside the Cotton Bowl against Texas.

As a true freshman in 2010, Stills caught five passes for 78 yards, which included a 16-yard, first-quarter touchdown. Last season, he recorded two touchdown receptions.

“It's just fun because there's no other stadium that's split in half,” Stills said of the OU-Texas atmosphere.

“Every play, there's some type of crowd noise going on. The defense makes a big play, their fans are going crazy. Then our offense makes a big play, and our fans are going crazy. It's just a lot of fun, and one of the best atmospheres we play in.”

When asked for his favorite OU-Texas memory, he recalled that first touchdown.

“It wasn't expected,” Stills said. “I didn't think the opportunity was gonna come as fast as it did, and it did.”

Another favorite moment from that game was captured in a photograph that still hangs in Stills' locker.

He's running down the Texas sideline with the ball, Texas coach Mack Brown has his hands on his head and there are Longhorn fans in the background making an obscene gesture toward Stills.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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